Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Get Moving in the Hodgepodge


1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?

Last time we relocated was in 1999. We moved a half hour north to another county to be closer to my parents, my sister, and our church.  We moved ourselves.  We foresee putting our house on the market in the spring (after we fix it up even more and fall in love with it  all over again!) because we want to downsize to a house on one level on a level lot.  Best thing above moving to a new city or town (used to be) meeting new people.  I'm not so enamored of developing new relationships now (does that sound terrible?) but spending more time with the people I already call friends. The hardest thing is leaving the people you've come to love. Second hardest is going through all your  crappola and making 87, 298,234 decisions.  

2. When were you last 'moved to tears'? Explain.

I'll be vulnerable here. I've been struggling with depression lately and it takes nothing to move me to tears.  I've mainly been thinking I'm a loser of a mom ,and it's hard to convince me otherwise. The sadness is overwhelming at times--to an abnormal degree (I recognize AFTER the fact) so I'm going to see my doctor this week for an adjustment to my medication. I've been having other symptoms too--memory loss, stiff fingers, chronic headaches, eye twitching, higher BP. 

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car...any forbidden foods? What's the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?

No rules. My hubby just doesn't like anything sticky on the steering wheel.  Last thing I consumed in my car was ice water.  And some Goetz's caramel creams. (I LOVE those things!)  

I don't have a go-to snack for long-distance trips, but my hubby HAS to have sunflower seeds. He nibbles and drives and programs the GPS and changes the music and gawks at scenery BEHIND us, while  simultaneously steering with one knee  ,in and out of traffic on mountainous highways under construction. 

Those sunflower seeds keep him "focused and relaxed ." 

4. Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.

All I can think of "Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys.

5. What's your most frequently visited drive-thru...Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?

Not S-bucks. I've been boycotting that place for years, ever since the CEO told stockholders who don't agree with what the company supports to go elsewhere. He was referring primarily to the el-gee-bee-tee agenda. Why would anyone who doesn't support that in principal support it with money? I also know that S-bucks funds Planned Parenthood. Infanticide. That's beyond sickening. Heinous, repulsive, purely evil.  
I frequent different drive-thru windows to stimulate the economy  and quench my thirst. Sometimes I thirst for a milkshake.  

6. "He who hesitates is lost"...would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the 'lost' category?

I can generally make decisions fairly quickly.  But I'm slowing down, and I don't like that. The most recent was on Saturday when I had to choose paint color for our little bathroom. I put about 15 swatches down on the floor and narrowed the field rather quickly (under pressure from hubby who was ready to go to Home Depot).  I walked into the bathroom ,out again, and then said, "I'm going back in to pick one. Let me see which one of these makes me sing."

My hubby and son piped up at the same time, "Okay, then we'll get the other one."    

(Like Rodney Dangerfield always said, "I get no respect.")   

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?

It was when I went an hour and half away south of here to pick out granite a couple months ago.  I got there okay, but afterward was so hungry by 3:30 that I had to find somewhere to eat. The GPS was as helpful with directions as a two year-old.  I went round and round looking for something (not fast food, I wanted Mexican and needed to get off my feet). I never did find the one the GPS pointed me to. I had to get back on I-95 and then realized I needed both air in the tire and gas in the tank. I ended up getting some a pack of peanut-butter crackers at the 7-Eleven. Stressful, yes.  I do better without the GPS half the time.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm nervous about seeing my aunt tomorrow. I haven't seen her for 20 years. Not nervous about seeing her, but making lunch for her. She is such a phenomenal cook (and runs a bed & breakfast) so it feels a bit like being a contestant on Food Network.  But I want her to bless her and be as hospitable to me as she has been to me.  I've just kind of lost my cooking mojo and it takes a lot to motivate me these days. What's a girl to do? Pray for grace, that's what!


Joyce said...

I'm really sorry you've been feeling down. Sometimes we don't need a reason, and I do hope your dr. can adjust meds to help. Enjoy time with your aunt. I'm sure she is happy for your company and you shouldn't worry about the food. Have a wonderful day!

Michelle said...

Here's to you feeling better and some happy times shining for you. Your aunt, will probably love just spending time with you. We beat ourselves up too much on these little things. GPS, I hear you! I don't use them, they get me lost. I still do it the old fashion way, ask for help. From the Hodgepodge crew

Marla said...

Your honesty about recent depression issues made me want to say "you go girl - and get yourself some better meds!" Don't give up! I think so many of us females go through rough times, and body changes, and such - and we can't be too hard on ourselves about it. I'm not sure your age but I certainly struggled in my 40's due to various things going on. I went on Effexor (my hubby calls it my "happy pill") and it has certainly kept me from experiencing lows and getting stuck there,and it opened me to allow highs. The memory thing? I got that too. I think it's old age. UGH!!!

Elizabeth Day said...

I appreciate your openness in sharing something very personal. Thank you for trusting us with something that exposes vulnerability at this time in your life. I too have gone through the kick-yourself-to-the-curb mother thing. I did this until the Lord finally got it thru my head and heart that I did the best job as a parent that I knew to do under His power, and bad choices and decisions my child(ren) might have made to mess up their lives were their choices, not mine. It didn't keep my heart from being broken, but it did mean I could let go of the self-imposed guilt. And, you can too. I'm so glad that you haven't lost your wonderful humor. I always look forward to reading your blog for that reason.

Zoanna said...

I'm a few days shy of 50.

Cheryl said...

I'm sorry you're going through a tearful/sad time. I hope the medication change will help you. I hope you enjoy your visit with your aunt and maybe that will help lift your spirits a bit...or maybe a lot!

Wendy said...

Sorry to hear you are having a hard time. I have the t-shirt for that one too but opening up to others about how you are is a big important step and deciding to go to the Doctor is another big step in the right direction. I hope you get some medication that helps. Don't be too hard on yourself.